Your Favorite Shade in the Box?

Vietnamese-born, Seattle-based rising talent Diem Chau%26#8217;s work bridges art and design, combining such unlikely materials as porcelain, organza, thread and toothpicks to create sculptural vignettes that suggest poignant domestic moments. Chau%26#8217;s latest material can be traced back to childhood:%26nbsp; the good ole, prosaic box of Crayolas. In 2006, she began hand-carving basic crayons, creating miniature figurative portraits of specific sitters and even accepting commissions, such as a limited edition of 66 crayons for Nike%26#8217;s 2010 World Cup promotion. Resembling totem poles crafted in wax, these tiny creations are better than a trip to Madame Tussaud%26#8217;s. From $400 per figure, through Peel Gallery, 4411 Montrose Blvd., 713.520.8122;
Image:%26nbsp; Diem Chau%26#8217;s "Zodiac," 2009, at Peel Gallery. Photo by Howard House.

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